Recently, some 40 international harpists and groups of harpists gathered in Oakland, California. The idea behind this Festival of Harps was to move harp music beyond its traditional conventions. That wasn’t hard to do, given that the harps included everything from the African kora, to the Celtic harp, to the Paraguayan harp. From Oakland, Lonny Shavelson reports. Lonny also sent along a video from one of the rehearsal sessions. Take a look below.